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I was bored and annoyed and bored by this. I slogged thru first 4 chapters & then acted on my NEw Years resolution to DNF books that aren't for me . No more dutiful death marches to end of an unfulfilling book.
Took too long to get going. I didn't want to spend another second with the character who narrated the early chapters. It wasn't funny or charming or endearing. So I bailed.
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Would you try another book from Gabrielle Zevin and/or Karen White?
Maybe, from Gabrielle Zevin, I'm still not finished yet, but if the writing is a little more creative, it's possible. Karen White, however, is fantastic! Her narration is the main thing that has kept me from giving in on this novel.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
I haven't been able to make it to the end yet. I go back to it, and listen to the repeated "she said, she said" for every single character, for every single time they speak. One reviewer stated that she thought it was "lazy writing" and I really have to agree. My 1st grade nephew knows more ways to describe when someone is speaking or has spoken. I listen for as long as I possibly can, but each "she said" grows more and more grating, and when I can't take it anymore, I stop listening for a few weeks, then go back again.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Karen White's narration saved it!
Any additional comments?
The use of a thesaurus would be a game changer!
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